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World War One - I was there in spirit
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Sean Hilton





Background and General Summaries
Why On Earth Blog About World War One?                                                 10/31/14
Warning Signs and Portents                                                                              10/31/14
The Assassination                                                                                                 11/6/14
War becomes inevitable                                                                                     11/8/14
Britain's first few weeks                                                                                     11/10/14
Should Britain have stayed out of the War?                                                 11/14/14
Strength of the combatants and the nature of 'modern war’                  11/16/14
General situation at the end of 1914                                                               2/19/15
1915. Early decisions – Eastern or Western front strategy?                   3/17/15
August 15th 1915                                                                                                 8/15/15
11/11/1915 - remembrance for the year in numbers                              11/10/15
The final weeks of 1915                                                                                      12/1/15
December Visits                                                                                                     12/18/15
General Situation in early 1916                                                                          1/3/16
Postcards from France                                                                                          4/11/16
From Western Australia                                                                                       3/23/16
WW1 - Half time                                                                                                    10/15/16
End of 1916 position 1: The German Peace Proposal                                12/19/16
End of 1916 position 2: Russia, Middle East and Naval matters             12/23/16
1917 begins - hopes and fears                                                                           1/4/17
Three years in - 3rd August 1917                                                                      8/2/17
End of 1917 position: Part 1                                                                              12/10/17
End of 1917 position: Part 2                                                                              12/21/17
Allied Strategic Developments early 1918                                                       1/13/18
Postcards from the heart of the Western Front                                              3/9/18

The Western Front 1914-18
The Schlieffen Plan                                                                                                    11/13/14
Battle of the Frontiers (1) - Plan and Counter Plan                                         11/9/14
Battle of the Frontiers (2) - Joffre's Folly                                                            11/22/14
Battle of the Frontiers (3) - Overwhelmed in the North West.                     11/23/14
Mons - and the strategic retreat begins                                                               11/25/14
Haig takes flight                                                                                                           11/27/14
Heroics at Le Cateau and beyond                                                                           12/7/14
No more retreating - the build up to Battle of the Marne                                12/11/14
The Marne - Part 1. Joffre's Finest Hour                                                                12/13/14
The Marne - Part 2 Joffre meets French, and Edward Spears                         12/15/14
The Marne - Part 3. Outcome uncertain in the fog of war                                12/17/14
The Marne - Part 4: Lt Colonel Richard Hentsch                                                 12/21/14
The Marne - Part 5. The Allies advance                                                                  12/22/14
The Marne - Part 6. Impact of the battle.                                                               12/24/14
The Christmas Truce 1914                                                                                         12/25/14
The Battle of the Aisne 1                                                                                             12/27/14
The Battle of the Aisne 2                                                                                             12/30/14
The race to the sea develops                                                                                      1/1/15
The Defence of Antwerp and the battle for North Belgium                              1/2/15
Arras, Lille and la Bassee                                                                                             1/4/15
First Ypres - Part 1 The next great decisive event                                                1/5/15
First Ypres - Part 2 Heroic action by the Worcesters                                          1/6/15
The Western Front at end of 1914                                                                           1/9/15
Western Front early 2015                                                                                           3/28/15
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle                                                                                     4/7/15
The Second Battle of Ypres                                                                                         5/30/15
Allied offensives in Champagne and Artois                                                           6/4/15
The Battle of Loos                                                                                                        10/6/15
Verdun 1: Falkenhayn's judgement                                                                           2/5/16
Verdun 2: French positions and preparations                                                       2/17/16
Verdun 3: The opening onslaught 21st - 25th February                                    2/21/16
Verdun 4: The second phase - 25th February to 10th March                           2/28/16
Verdun 5: The general assault – March                                                                   3/12/16
Verdun 6: France holds - "Ils ne passerons"                                                          4/6/16
Verdun 7 - Tables are turned                                                                                   12/15/16
Battle of the Somme 1 - The origins of the Somme Campaign                        6/18/16
Battle of the Somme 2 - Build up to the bombardment                                    6/21/16
Battle of the Somme 3 - "U day" - the bombardment begins                          6/24/16
Battle of the Somme 4 - July 1st 1916                                                                   6/30/16
Battle of the Somme 5 - action to end of July 1916                                           7/29/16
Battle of the Somme 6 - August 1st to September 25th                                   8/18/16
Battle of the Somme 7 - November and the official end                                  8/30/16
Battle of the Somme 8 - Who 'won'?                                                                      9/10/16
Western front early 1917                                                                                         4/18/17
The Battle of Arras                                                                                                     4/28/17
The Second Battle of the Aisne                                                                              5/13/17
The taking of Messines Ridge                                                                                6/6/17
Third Battle of Ypres - Part 1: 31st July 1917                                                   7/31/17
Third Battle of Ypres - Part 2: August and September                                  10/1/17
Third Battle of Ypres Part 3: Passchendaele - the Pyrrhic victory            10/11/17
Cambrai                                                                                                                      11/20/17
"Kaisershlacht" - The Kaiser's Battle. 1: Background                                    2/9/18
"Kaiserschlacht" 2: Build up to Operation Michael                                        3/2/18
"Kaiserschlacht" 3: Operation Michael 21st March 1918                            3/21/18
"Kaiserschlacht" 4: The March Retreat                                                             4/3/18
“Kaiserschlacht” 5: The Battle of the Lys Part 1                                             5/8/18
“Kaiserschlacht” 6: The Battle of the Lys Part 2                                             5/10/18
“Kaiserschlacht” 7 - The (3rd) Battle of the Aisne                                         6/26/18
Foch's Masterplan for Victory                                                                              7/31/18
One Hundred Days – 1: The Battle of Amiens                                                 8/8/18
One Hundred Days - 2: Arras, Bapaume and Peronne                                  8/23/18
One Hundred Days - 3: The Americans at St. Mihiel and the Argonne     9/15/18
One Hundred Days - 4: The Battle for the Saint-Quentin Canal                 9/24/18

The Eastern Front 1914-18
The Eastern Front Part 1                                                                             1/11/15
The Eastern Front Part 2 – Lemberg                                                          1/14/15
The Eastern Front Part 3 - East Prussia and Gumbinnen                                    1/18/15
The Eastern Front Part 4 -The Battle of Tannenberg                              1/23/15
The Eastern Front Part 5 - next steps                                                        1/31/15
The Eastern Front Part 6 - The battles for Warsaw                                 2/6/15
Developments on the Eastern Front                                                           3/25/15
The breakthrough at Gorlice-Tarnow                                                         6/7/15
Continuing reverses on the Eastern Front, summer 1915.                      6/28/15
Eastern Front actions                                                                                   1/25/16
Brusilov's offensive - June-September 1916                                             5/15/16
Rumania's gamble                                                                                        10/2/16
The Russian Revolution 1: Build up to the February Coup d'Etat                      1/27/17
The Russian Revolution 2: to end of March 1917                                     2/23/17
The Russian Revolution 3: April to September 1917                               8/27/17
The Russian Revolution 4: - Lenin's October Revolution                          10/22/17
The Czech Legion 1                                                                                       11/6/17
The Czech Legion: Part 2                                                                             5/31/18
The Brest-Litovsk Conference and Treaty                                                 1/22/18


South Eastern Europe and The Middle East 1914-18
The fate of Serbia                                                                                         2/12/15
Turkey and the Caucasus are drawn into the war                                               2/17/15
Gallipoli 1. Background and build up                                                         4/17/15
Gallipoli 2. Naval attempt to force the Straits                                            4/18/15
Gallipoli 3. Early outcomes after the naval bombardments                     4/20/15
Gallipoli 4. The Cape Helles landings 25th April                                       4/21/15
Gallipoli 5. The ANZACs mission for 25th April and beyond                    4/24/15
Gallipoli 6. May to August                                                                             4/30/15
Gallipoli 7. Suvla Bay                                                                                     8/5/15
Italy enters the war - May 1915                                                                 7/7/15
Gallipoli 8. The Human Tragedy                                                                  9/6/15
Gallipoli 9. Timeline for Gallipoli and 'dramatis personae'                       9/13/15
Gallipoli 10. The End                                                                                                10/14/15
Galliipoli 11. Aftermath and 'what ifs...'                                                      10/27/15
The Middle East and Africa                                                                         10/12/15
Armenia, Teheran and Baghdad                                                                 11/3/15
Success in Egypt and the fall of Kut                                                                       2/1/16
The Balkans in 1915                                                                                                8/26/15
The crushing of Serbia                                                                                 9/29/15
The Italian front and the Trentino offensive                                             5/3/16
Italy's response                                                                                             11/3/16
The capture of Baghdad                                                                              2/3/17
Maude's advance from Baghdad                                                                7/12/17
The Balkans 1917                                                                                         8/17/17
The Arab Revolt 1: Its Origins                                                                     7/23/17
Italy 1917 - Isonzo Battles 10 and 11                                                        9/16/17
Caporetto                                                                                                       11/13/17
Allenby's Advance to Jerusalem                                                                  12/3/17

The War at Sea 1914-18
South Atlantic Campaign November 1914                                                                  11/2/14
The U-Boat war develops                                                                             4/12/15
The Battle of the Dogger Bank 24 January 1915                                      4/1/15
The War at Sea 1915                                                                                               11/17/15
Battle of Jutland 1 – Background                                                                5/17/16
Battle of Jutland 2 - The build up                                                               5/24/16
Battle of Jutland 3 - The morning of May 31st                                           5/25/16
Battle of Jutland 4 - Beattie versus Hipper                                                            5/29/16
Battle of Jutland 5 - Jellicoe and Scheer's encounter                                5/31/16
Battle of Jutland 6 - The night: fight and flight                                         6/1/16
Battle of Jutland 7 - end of the battle                                                         6/4/16
Battle of Jutland 8 - The Aftermath.                                                                       6/7/16
Unrestricted submarine warfare: 1                                                                        2/16/17
Unrestricted submarine warfare 2                                                             9/3/17
The Royal Navy in 1918                                                                               1/7/18

The USA 1917-1918
USA's entry to WW1 1: USA 1914-16                                                        3/9/17
USA's entry into WW1 2: The Zimmermann telegram                             3/22/17

The Home Fronts
The British Government falls                                                                       5/11/15
Turbulent times for the new government                                                 5/19/15
Home Fronts January - June 1916                                                              1/16/16
Political changes - Lloyd George reaches Number 10.                              11/28/16
Keeping the Home Fires Burning: January to May                                               1/7/17

Individuals
The Marne - Part 4: Lt Colonel Richard Hentsche                                            12/21/14
Field Marshall August von Mackensen                                                                7/3/15
The Death of Kitchener                                                                                        6/12/16
One Man's War                                                                                                     9/18/16
The Arab Revolt 2: Lawrence of Arabia                                                              8/30/18

The End of the War
The Capitulation of Germany's Allies: 1 - the End for Austria-Hungary             10/8/18
The Capitulation of Germany's Allies: 2 - Bulgaria and Turkey                          10/10/18 
The Last Weeks for Germany    Draft   12/30/17
17. Germany Surrenders     Draft 12/30/17

Epilogue
18. The Armistice                                             
19. Aftermath and afterthoughts 1 - state of nations     Draft
20. Aftermath and afterthoughts 2 - the grim reaper .   Draft
21 The Treaty of Versailles                                             Draft
Bibliography and Sources                                                                            11/23/14 




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